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It`s all about the Pole Position

Everyone following Formula 1 knows that securing the pole position is not simple. The same is true for many proteins in rod-shaped bacteria like Myxococcus xanthus: they must localize to the cell… more

<p>Discovery of [Fe]-hydrogenase in bacteria opens new possibilities for conversion of hydrogen</p>

Hydrogen gas is a green energy carrier. Microorganisms use dedicated enzymes called hydrogenases to convert this gas into energy. One of the model enzymes is [Fe]-hydrogenase (Hmd) that catalyzes the… more

Plants fight back: a kiwellin disarms the metabolic activity of a fungal effector

Plants are under constant attack by pathogens. To protect themselves, plants produce an array of defense proteins. Kiwellins are a family of secreted plant proteins that are common in many plant… more

Corn smut has undergone a specialized evolution for virulence

Smut fungi are pathogens that parasitize mainly grass plants including economically important cereals like maize. Most smut pathogens cause disease symptoms only in the flowers of their host plants… more

Protection of [Fe]-hydrogenase

Protection of [Fe]-hydrogenase

November 26, 2018

Hydrogenase enzymes catalyze production and utilization of hydrogen gas, which is considered as a future energy carrier. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg… more

Type IV effector complexes: components of the last elusive CRISPR-Cas type

Bacteria utilize CRISPR-Cas systems to defend themselves against viral attacks. Six major CRISPR-Cas Types have been classified based on the presence of signature proteins.  Five of these six types… more

How a fungus protects itself from the hostile environment faced after infecting maize plants

The fungus Ustilago maydis causes maize smut disease. When infecting maize plants the fungus is recognized through the plant immune system which attacks the intruder through a cocktail of defense… more

<p><strong>Archaea overcome a thermodynamic bottleneck via enzymatic channeling</strong></p>

Mevalonate is a starting material to synthesize many chemicals in industry; it is also the building block of the lipids from all archaea. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial… more

<p><strong>Production of H<sub>2</sub>O<sub>2</sub> from H<sub>2</sub> and O<sub>2</sub></strong></p>

Hydrogenase enzymes catalyse production and utilization of hydrogen gas, which is considered as a future energy carrier. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg… more

<p><strong>One for all: super-resolution microscopy with one universal nanobody</strong></p>

To make cellular structures easily accessible for super-resolution microscopy, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, the Natural and Medical Sciences… more

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